In the wake of the June 3 death of Republican Registrar of Voters Bob Lasprogato, longtime resident Kevin White has ascended from his position as deputy GOP registrar to succeed Lasprogato. White, 64, was sworn in on June 5.
"Obviously the circumstances weren't ideal," White said of his taking the new post.
Lasprogato served as selectman from April 2006 to November 2009 and was elected the Republican registrar of voters in 2010. White will hold the post for the remainder of Lasprogato's term, which runs to January 2015.
"It's gone from a part-time situation to a full-time situation. A lot more responsibility and a lot more work," White said.
Each of the two major political parties has its own registrar of voters, who are nominated by their respective town committees and run uncontested in municipal elections. The registrars serve four-year terms in a full-time paid position, and they each appoint their own deputy, who works part-time.
White and Cowden register voters and help organize elections. White has volunteered to work on election day in the past, and he says finding election day workers will be the most challenging part of his job.
White has lived in Westport for 29 years. He worked in the finance industry for 25 years and later worked for 12 years as an administrator for Westport Continuing Education. He is married and is the father of three children.
He said Cowden and others at Town Hall have been helpful as he transitioned into his new role.
"They've made the job fun," he said. "They've made the entire process enjoyable."